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Solanum caripense - Tzimbalo - 20 Seeds
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Solanum caripense - Tzimbalo - 20 Seeds

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Solanum caripense - Tzimbalo - 20 Seeds

Solanum caripense - Tzimbalo

This listing is for 20 seeds of this South American native.

Solanum caripense is a species of evergreen shrub native to South America and grown for its edible fruit.

Rare in cultivation, it is known as tzimbalo. The fruit closely resembles the related pepino (Solanum muricatum), and it has been speculated that Solanum caripense may be the wild ancestor of the pepino. Like the pepino, the tzimbalo is a relative of other nightshades cultivated for their edible fruit, including the tomato (S. lycopersicum), the naranjilla (S. quitoense) and the eggplant (S. melongena).

The fruit is infrequently cultivated in its native range of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Chile, but has been rediscovered on a small scale by heirloom gardeners elsewhere in the world.


The tzimbalo is presumed to be native to the temperate Andean regions of Colombia, Peru and Chile. Like the pepino, the tzimbalo can bear fruit within 1 or 2 years from seed. The fruits are round berries, to 2cm in size, which ripen to yellow or pale green, with dark-colored longitudinal stripes. The flavor and texture, while similar to the pepino, tends to be tangier and more juicy.

Like the pepino, the tzimbalo performs best in a warm, relatively frost-free climates. The plant can survive a low temperature of -2.5°C (27 to 28°F) if the freeze is very short, though it may drop many of its leaves. Like its close relatives, the species is a long lived perennial. The tzimbalo does adapt well to greenhouse cultivation.

Full instructions can be found here.










Variety Solanum
Type Seeds
Sub-Type Tropicals


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